Saturday, 19 November 2011

New ringing ticks!

Another weekend and another morning's ringing with yet more ringing ticks in the shape of Coal Tit, Dunnock, Robin and House and Tree Sparrow.

This morning's ringing took place at a farm near Belper and, after a quiet start, we ended up with 61 birds ringed. My personal totals were: Coal Tit (1), Chaffinch (1 female), Blue Tit (3), Dunnock (1), House Sparrow (2; 1 male and 1 female), Tree Sparrow (2 new and 1 retrap), Robin (1) and Wren (1 retrap).
Here are afew pictures of the sparrows ringed this morning.

Tree Sparrow

Female House Sparrow

Male House Sparrow


  1. please forgive my ignorance,I know nothing about ringing and would like to know more about it. Is it done to help with conservation of certain species and bird counts? Thanks for any info :)

  2. Hi Cindy.

    Good to hear from you and hope you're enjoying reading the blog.

    Ringing in Britain has been taking place for the last 100 years and is overseen by the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO). It is an activity carried out by volunteers and a few professionals aimed at finding out as much information about all species of birds. The main areas of interest are longevity of birds, how their pooulations chnage over time and where the migrant birds spend their time when not in the UK.
    Obviously this is a very quick overview, but if you're interested in finding out more about ringing then may I suggest you have a look at the BTO's website ( which has a lot more information on it. Also, if you'd like to watch ringing in action I can help with local groups etc.
    Once again, thanks for your interest in the website and ringing.